Search Results: "Greg Call"


BOOK REVIEW

THE SECRET OF THE KEY by Marianne Malone
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 22, 2014

"A disappointing (probable) end to a series that should have been better, given its promising concept. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
In the concluding Sixty-Eight Rooms adventure, Ruthie and Jack finally recognize the enormous power and great danger that magic can bring. Read full book review >

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THE ATTACK OF THE FROZEN WOODCHUCKS by Dan Elish
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

"Final art not seen. (Fantasy. 10-12)"
Ten-year-old Jimmy Weathers is used to his lawyer-by-day, children's-book-author-by-night father telling tall tales about the animals in his unpublished books. Read full book review >

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BATTLE OF THE BEASTS by Chris Columbus
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 25, 2014

"A dark action-adventure-fantasy with surprising heart. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
House of Secrets' (2013) happy ending gives way to new problems for the Walker children, both in reality and in writer-wizard Denver Kristoff's pulpy genre-book worlds. Read full book review >

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HOUSE OF SECRETS by Chris Columbus
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 23, 2013

"Ending with the promise (or threat) of further adventures, this is clearly intended to be the next big thing—whether it fulfills that ambition remains to be seen. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Columbus and Vizzini craft a fast-moving, cinematic narrative that packs plenty of punch but may still have trouble measuring up to the competition. Read full book review >

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STEALING MAGIC by Marianne Malone
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 24, 2012

"A blend of magic, history and mystery for patient readers who want to catch the crook but don't necessarily need a good chase. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Mystery abounds once again in the miniature Thorne Rooms at the Art Institute of Chicago. Read full book review >

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THE VANISHING by Christopher  Holt
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 4, 2012

"A post-apocalyptic Animal Farm for young readers. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
When the world goes to the dogs, one loyal canine tries to find his human family in this dystopian series starter. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE PIRATE'S COIN by Marianne Malone
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 28, 2013

"Dedicated Sixty-Eight Rooms readers will have the patience to sift through, but if newcomers to the series start here, they just might abandon ship. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Sixth-grade sleuths Jack and Ruthie are no strangers to the magic of the miniature Thorne Rooms, but this time, changing the past may do more harm than good. Read full book review >

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UP AND DOWN THE SCRATCHY MOUNTAINS by Laurel Snyder
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 26, 2008

This delightfully droll fairy tale features a feisty milkmaid named Lucy and her best friend, Prince Wynston. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CIRCLE OF HEROES by Adam Jay Epstein
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 4, 2012

"The prose doesn't live up to the nuance it attempts, and narrative thrust is weak; hand this off to readers who crave episodic danger that doesn't feel too dangerous. (Fantasy. 7-11)"
Despite obvious new injections of suspense and complexity, this quest-ender is mediocre. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PETER AND THE SECRET OF RUNDOON by Dave Barry
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"Kudos to Barry and Pearson for a funny, clever, melodramatic romp. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
In this double-stranded, nearly nonstop close to the Starcatchers trilogy (at least its direct line; the authors are also producing spin-offs), peaceful Mollusk Island is overrun by savage invaders, while Peter, acerbic Tinkerbell and the Starcatchers are away in the North African land of Rundoon battling the darkness-loving Others. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 1, 2003

"An important addition to the huge body of literature about the Revolution and a model of excellent historical writing. (introduction, timeline, maps, index, sources) (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
With a knack for seeing the story in history, Rappaport (We are the Many, 2002, etc.) and Verniero offer real-life accounts of heroes of the American Revolution. Read full book review >

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GREG PIZZOLI
by Megan Labrise

As a young reader, Greg Pizzoli found illustrated history books too sanitized and sententious.

“Nobody wants to hear that story of George Washington chopping down the cherry tree and how he was good all the time,” says Pizzoli, author-illustrator of The Quest for Z: The True Story of Explorer Percy Fawcett and a Lost City in the Amazon. “Whatever ...


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